Submission 0008-BONELL

Submitter: Kevin Bonell

Community: Kamloops

Date Submitted: March 24, 2024

A multi-factorial issue, the main reason for the decline of wild salmon is fish farms. It is imperative that they be fully self contained or not allowed to operate.

I feel it is imperative that all fish farms be fully self contained or not allowed to operate.

The sea lice from these mature salmon has to be what is devastating our stocks as this is the biggest change to the migratory routes of the smolts !

My reasoning behind this is that our pollution standards have increased, the fishing fleet has been down sized, yet this industry has grown exponentially.

This makes an immediate moratorium paramount.

Global warming must also play a part, this makes the protection of the surviving smolts from any factors we can influence of the utmost importance.

Personally I feel these farms are the main reason for wild salmon decline in this obviously multi-factoral issue.

This is my submission to this important inquiry your are undertaking.

Kevin Bonell

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Name: Eric Becherer

Date Created: April 13, 2023

Please note: the fish farm industry has not increased exponentially or even by a small percentage. While the fleet is smaller, they still normally harvest more that nature can handle. the last inquiry(2002),was because the fleet felt that too many fish were allowed to return. One of the only stable sockeye runs in B.C. is the closest to the higest concentration of farms. Pls goto

Name: Priscilla Judd

Date Created: May 20, 2023

I read the Sierra report in the link posted by Eric Becherer – there is no mention of fish farms in relation to a stable salmon population in that report. It was issued in 2006 using 50 yrs of data (until 2002) which was compared with 2004 data. The report lists problems for sockeye – at the top of the list is “marine conditions”.

From table 1 – 132 known populations but only 88 with data. Out 88 – 24 were stable but twice that many were depressed or decreased – only 9 sockeye populations increased.

Name: Eric Becherer

Date Created: July 1, 2023

Please refer to Figure 8. Status of Inside sockeye stocks. It shows the area from Texada to just past the north end of the Island. Of the three stable sockeye areas, two empty into the Broughton’s, and since this report, toughs runs are actually increasing.